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  • 1. 
    Who is the head of the executive branch of government?
    • A. 

      The Secretary of State

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Vice-President

    • D. 

      The Speaker of the House


  • 2. 
    What Amendment to the Constitution protects freedom of speech?
    • A. 

      Amendment 10

    • B. 

      Amendment 1

    • C. 

      Amendment 14

    • D. 

      Amendment 2


  • 3. 
    What are the first 10 Amendments often called?
    • A. 

      The Preamble

    • B. 

      Article 1

    • C. 

      Order of the Convention

    • D. 

      The Bill of Rights


  • 4. 
    What three primary branches of federal government did the Constitution create?
    • A. 

      Executive, Judicial, and Military

    • B. 

      Executive, Legislative, and Military

    • C. 

      Legislative, Executive, and Judicial

    • D. 

      Senate, House of Representatives, Electoral College


  • 5. 
    What right does Amendment 2 protect?
    • A. 

      The right to a trial by jury

    • B. 

      Freedom of assembly

    • C. 

      The right to keep and bear arms

    • D. 

      The right to an attorney


  • 6. 
    In what year was the Constitution created?
    • A. 

      1776

    • B. 

      1782

    • C. 

      1787

    • D. 

      1790


  • 7. 
    How many Amendments have been made to the Constitution?
    • A. 

      26

    • B. 

      27

    • C. 

      28

    • D. 

      29


  • 8. 
    According to the Constitution, who is the commander-in-chief of the US Navy?
    • A. 

      The Grand Admiral

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Vice-President

    • D. 

      The Secretary of Defense


  • 9. 
    How long is the term of a member of the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      1 year

    • B. 

      2 years

    • C. 

      4 years

    • D. 

      6 years


  • 10. 
    Which Article of the Constitution created the Legislative branch?
    • A. 

      Article 1

    • B. 

      Article 3

    • C. 

      Article 5

    • D. 

      Article 7


  • 11. 
    Which Amendment abolished slavery?
    • A. 

      Amendment 13

    • B. 

      Amendment 15

    • C. 

      Amendment 17

    • D. 

      Amendment 19


  • 12. 
    Which Amendment states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex”?
    • A. 

      Amendment 13

    • B. 

      Amendment 15

    • C. 

      Amendment 17

    • D. 

      Amendment 19


  • 13. 
    What document governed the United States before the Constitution was written?
    • A. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      British Common Law

    • C. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      The Virginia Plan


  • 14. 
    In what city was the Constitutional Convention held?
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Washington D.C.

    • C. 

      Boston

    • D. 

      Philadelphia


  • 15. 
    At minimum, how old is the President required to be?
    • A. 

      35 years old

    • B. 

      33 years old

    • C. 

      30 years old

    • D. 

      25 years old


  • 16. 
    Who brokered the “Great Compromise” between James Madison’s and Edmund Randolph’s Virginia Plan and William Patterson’s New Jersey Plan?
    • A. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • B. 

      Pierce Butler

    • C. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • D. 

      Roger Sherman


  • 17. 
    How many “persons” was a slave counted as in the original Constitution?
    • A. 

      2/5

    • B. 

      1/2

    • C. 

      3/5

    • D. 

      2/3


  • 18. 
    What Amendment allows Congress to collect income taxes?
    • A. 

      Amendment 20

    • B. 

      Amendment 24

    • C. 

      Amendment 16

    • D. 

      Amendment 25


  • 19. 
    Which states were the first and last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution, respectively?
    • A. 

      Pennsylvania, Delaware

    • B. 

      Massachusetts, Rhode Island

    • C. 

      Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

    • D. 

      Delaware, Rhode Island


  • 20. 
    When was the last Amendment to the Constitution ratified?
    • A. 

      1971

    • B. 

      1986

    • C. 

      1992

    • D. 

      1995


  • 21. 
    According to the National Archives and Records Administration, how many words are in the Constitution?
    • A. 

      1,458

    • B. 

      4,543

    • C. 

      11,347

    • D. 

      25,607

    • E. 

      35,050


  • 22. 
    Who actually engrossed the Constitution (wrote out the final form)?
    • A. 

      Jacob Shallus

    • B. 

      John Dickinson

    • C. 

      John Langdon

    • D. 

      James Rutledge

    • E. 

      Jared Ingersoll


  • 23. 
    In the debate leading up to ratification of the Constitution, James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton wrote a series of essays supporting the Constitution known as the “Federalist Papers.” What Latin pseudonym did they use to author the Papers?
    • A. 

      Cato

    • B. 

      Brutus

    • C. 

      Publius

    • D. 

      Valerius

    • E. 

      Cassius


  • 24. 
    Who was called the “Expounder of the Constitution”?
    • A. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • B. 

      Daniel Webster

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • E. 

      George Washington


  • 25. 
    Which of these methods of electing the President was not considered by the Constitutional Convention?
    • A. 

      By special electors

    • B. 

      By the previous President, with approval from Congress

    • C. 

      By state legislatures

    • D. 

      By state executives

    • E. 

      By the Congress


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